March 6, 2023

Salem Film Fest announces 2023 lineup of films

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It’s finally here! The announcement of the film schedule for SFF 2023 and tickets are now available. Don’t miss out on your chance to be inspired by some of the best films from around the world – head over to to check out the lineup and purchase your tickets now! #SalemFilmFest2023 #GetInspired

The in-person portion of the festival will open with ITHAKA, which documents Julian Assange’s fight to avoid extradition to the United States, Assange’s father John Shipton, will attend the festival and participate in a Q&A.  And the closing night film of the in-person portion of the festival will be STILL WORKING 9 TO 5, a look back at the Hollywood film starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and how things have – or haven’t – changed for women in the workplace in the past 40 years.

STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 directed by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane – photo by Steve Schapiro.

Salem Film Fest 2023’s program includes 28 feature films, most of which will be seen in Massachusetts for the first time.  SFF will host the world premiere of Director George Gittoes’ UKRAINISTAN ARTIST WAR, which shows the power of art during war in Ukraine and Afghanistan; The North American premieres of CALL ME MULE directed by John McDonald and Nina Schwanse, an intimate look at a man’s choice to live in the outdoors with his three mules; the myths and realities surrounding the city of Venice, Italy in LAGUNARIA directed by Giovanni Pellegrine; and the daring UrbEx and Parkour stunts performed by young British YouTubers and their subsequent trauma featured in OFF THE RAILS directed by Peter Day.

The virtual portion of SFF 2023 runs Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 – some of the films in our line up are in-person only, and we have a few films that are only available for streaming, so check out our virtual listings to see what films will be available –

Seven awards with trophies created by local artists will be presented to filmmakers at Salem Film Fest, including the Special Jury Award and The Michael Sullivan Award for Documentary Journalism which each include a $1,000 cash prize.

Check out the entire film schedule here!

Admission to film screenings is $13 for individual tickets and ticket packs, which offer a discount, are available at